Yesterday Nullriver Software released a highly sought-after application for the Apple Iphone. The application named Netshare enables users to utilise their Iphone internet access through their Wifi-equipped PC or laptop. Yesterday the application was released for delivery on Itunes and within hours of availability was removed by Apple without explanation. It then became available a second time before being pulled again. Its surprising that Apple allowed it to be released in the first place.
Nullriver seem to be in the dark as regards to why the app was pulled, they made this statement:
Update: NetShare is now back up and available from the AppStore! We’re not quite sure why Apple took down the NetShare application yet, we’ve received no communication from Apple thus far. NetShare did not violate any of the Developer or AppStore agreements. We’re hoping we’ll get some feedback from Apple today. Sorry to all the folks that couldn’t get it in time. We’ll do our best to try to get the application back onto the AppStore if at all possible. At the very least, we hope Apple will allow it to be used in countries where the provider does permit tethering.
This is the problem for those who purchase closed-systems or proprietary software, they are in the hands of the original manufacturers who effectively tell you what you can and can’t do.